Week Links – March 23, 2012

  • 71 East HuronIf you’ve been wondering about the work being done at the plaza at Saint James Cathedral in River North, it turns out there’s an entire blog run by the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago that has weekly updates.  You may remember that this project was originally going to be a 65-story round glass skyscraper designed by DeStefano+Partners (see picture at right).  Now it’s going to be a public space with a couple of small gardens and a water feature.
  • If you’ve been wondering when the Ritz-Carlton Residences (664 North Michigan Avenue) will be done, the current target is the end of May.
  • The Chicago Sun-Times has an interesting story of how the crews rebuilding Wacker Drive stumbled across a huge underground cache of Cold War emergency supplies.
  • “Shoe Row” is getting another shoe store.  DSW is moving in next to what will soon be the new CityTarget on State Street.
  • If you haven’t had a chance to take a picture of the West Loop building that’s going to become Sara Lee’s new meat products headquarters (400 South Jefferson Street), you missed your chance.  We went by there yesterday and the place which once had a kind of vaguely art nouveau feel to it has been gutted.  But at least the center tower will remain once the renovation is complete.
  • Also moving rapidly forward in the West Loop area is the new Mariano’s Fresh Market on Halsted Street in Greektown.  The exterior walls are already up!
  • The space on Michigan Avenue that used to be the cool vintage poster store across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago is going to become a Starbucks.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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